It is not the easiest thing in the world to stay excited about riding a bike when the thought of being outside is enough to cause frostbite. Sadly, we are deep in the throes of the coldest part of winter; the very heart of darkness (and despair). Temperatures that flick above 40 degrees feel like a veritable heat wave right now and it is that magic range of the upper 40's that inspires us to get out and ride.
Jeff, Golden, Peter and I headed to Warrior Creek on Sunday to do a little mountain biking. We decided to ride the loop counter-clockwise this time and both Jeff and I thought that it flowed much better in that direction. Temps were cool but not freezing and once we got moving everything was fine. This trail is complete and now the work is turning to some reroutes of old trail sections and buffing the trail to perfection. BMCC will be doing trail work days every Sunday for the next month or so in an effort to get this trail done and ready for the race there in the Spring. Check out the BMCC website to get further info on volunteering! I'll see you out there this Sunday if you can make it.
We wrapped up Warrior's Creek, jumped in the car and drove the 10 minutes to the Overmountain Victory Trail. Jeff and I took off and immediately noticed that it was a good bit colder on the OVT than it had been at Warrior's Creek. A few other intrepid souls were out riding, but we largely had the trail to ourselves. Towards the end of the trail, we both started feeling the effects of cold weather mountain biking for 3+ hours and were glad to get back to the car and its promise of warmth. The only thing lacking was a coffee shop within a short distance, but life can't be too perfect.
Not sure what the weekend is going to bring weather wise, so a mtb ride this weekend is up in the air. I plan on heading out to do trail work with Owen and Golden on Sunday, so at least I will get out in the woods one way or the other! Don't forget shop trainer rides will be on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm for the near future. Bring a trainer and fight the good fight with others! The Saturday group ride may or may not be indoors this weekend. Once I have a clear idea of the weather I will post the call.